Posted in Diary of a Rose


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“Purple Mini Roses”

“Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a plant addict…I have been for several months now…” Actually, there’s a little story behind the reason why I picked up these purple beauties this afternoon.

Last summer, my boys’ great-gramma went to meet her maker. Earlier that year, I had seen purple mini roses like the ones above, but hadn’t the cash with me to get them. Purple happened to be great-gramma’s color. A few weeks later, I decided to get some yellow ones, because I couldn’t find purple ones again.

Not too long after I had gotten my roses, my boys’ great-gramma fell ill with that evil C-word and passed a few months later. When she passed, her ashes were used in one of those green urns that will grow into a tree. Their aunt planted the urn in a little spot in her yard to be dedicated as a memorial garden for her.

I nursed and loved those yellow roses all summer long, always chiding myself that I didn’t get the purple ones when I could. Nonetheless, at the beginning of fall, my yellow roses were dedicated to the memorial garden. I vowed to do the same this year, with purple, should I have the chance. Today, I had that chance and brought home some purple roses to nurture all summer long, until they join their yellow sisters in their forever home.


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Freelance, or not to Freelance?

As any writer will tell you, contrary to popular belief, writing is HARD to do, and especially to make a living doing so. It’s a cut-throat world out there and a lot of people are competing to be read, and to make their “bread”.

I have decided recently (not-so-impulsively) to try to give freelance writing a try. I say “not-so-impulsively” because I had decided to look into it a few years ago and was easily discouraged. I came across scam after scam and sites promising “free” info, only to have links to other sites that you had to pay. That was just to try to LOOK online for freelance writing jobs that were legit. Being that I had a job outside of the home at the time, I put it on the back burner for future reference, should I ever acquire the patience to sort through so many websites.

I researched a little today and came across a site with tips to blogs that would pay at least $50 per post. I have a lot more research to do on other sites and check out what is for real or not. There are freelance writers out their writing their freelance pieces, and they found out about calls for submissions from somewhere!

Once site intrigued my by not only offering $100 if your piece gets accepted, the content caught my attention as well. They want submissions of lists, consisting of at least ten items that must be at least 150 words each, writer’s choice of subject.

It got me to thinking: what would I make a list for, or of? What kind of random facts tied together by a unified subject would I care to research and write about? How could I turn this opportunity for a submission into something bigger down the road?

I have a lot of brainstorming and research to do to start on my venture to attempt freelance writing. I have always liked writing but feel I never put enough effort into it because it had no purpose. This venture could be a springboard to launch me into something bigger and better to make me MY bread!

Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily, Plant Life

Calla Lily: Week Two

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Purple Sensation Calla Lily: Two Weeks after Planting

Exactly two weeks ago, I planted my Calla Lily bulb that I got for Easter. I was nervous and apprehensive about them growing, as I have never planted any type of flowers like this before. Within nine short days it sprouted, just in time for Earth Day! The instructions had said that the bulb should sprout within two weeks, so they seem to be a little ahead of schedule.

See the recap of the first two weeks of my Purple Sensation Calla Lily and let me know what you think of the new Sway app from Office. I like it so far and thought my Callas would be a perfect test subject for my first Sway project.

Fun little fact about Calla Lilies: They are neither a Calla, OR a Lily, and they are native to South Africa. They make excellent houseplants and beautiful decoration for an outside garden, though considered to be a very invasive species. See more details about the Calla Lily here.

Posted in Plant Life, Vegan Blog

Enter: The Pink Gerberas

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“Mother Nature Got JOKES”

Greetings from the Adirondacks! I thought I’d share this little flashback  winter pic of snow for those of you who miss winter already. NAH! Just kiddin, took this pic earlier today. Mother Nature got jokes for us on this, the 26th day of April. We waited all winter for winter to show, and NOW it is trying to make an appearance.

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“Pink Gerbera Daisy”

I have been keeping busy in my little “jungle” to help me combat this cabin fever. These beauties came home with us from the grocery store last night. They were so pink and spring-looking and wanted me to take them home to brighten up our world a little bit while we patiently wait for spring to be a permanent fixture in our weather. If things go right, I will have more of these daisies to have year round!

I said my final good-bye to Lily the other day. She was still here sitting in her pot, withering away after the last few flowers failed. I planted the little bulblets into four little pots, with much hope and anticipation to help Lily live on. While I am realistic that they may not take, I am optimistic and I know that I will be elated if and when I notice any sproutlings.

On a side not for my vegan portion of my blog, I am a proud Mama today that has had a little bit of her worry removed. Since becoming vegan, I have worried about Baby Girl not getting enough nutrition that she needs to grow so I had her iron level checked at her appointment this morning. Her iron level was not only EXCELLENT at 14.1, but it was higher than we last checked before becoming vegan. Baby Girl’s doctor had told me back in January that oftentimes, the first thing that shows up when nutrients go awry is the iron level drops. I am elated to know that hers went UP since January! I can worry a little less know, knowing that she is a very happy and healthy, spry little two year old!

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The Resiliance of the Human Spirit

“To Friendships Near and Far”

It is amazing how resilient the human spirit can be. Our spirit will take a beating from life when it brings us down. We tolerate and accept it, holding everything in to keep that façade that we are okay to others. We hold back our tears, hoping things will get better.

Then it happens; the levy breaks and all of those emotions pour forth beyond our control.  Negative emotions release in the flood of tears that have been locked away from the world. We feel weak, broken, hopeless, lonely and lost as those tears gush. We don’t see an end in sight and we cry until our faces are swollen like we’ve been punched in our tear ducts, and then we cry more.

When the tears finally dry from exhaustion and we are out of tissues, we collect ourselves and move on. We try to fix and eliminate the problems that caused us to break down in the first place. We lick our wounds and hope to heal, as we trudge on. We pray not to be that sad again. We realize that we are human; imperfect in our emotions and flawless in our resilience.

I have a very dear Facebook friend, Jenn Lepage, that is the very definition of resilience. She had been suffering from endometriosis for a good many years now, and has had many surgeries, all to no avail to alleviate the problem. Her stomach is a mess and she cannot eat real food anymore. She is in constant pain from everything and yet, in light of all of her suffering, she remains positive. Jenn is the type of friend, that cares and reaches out to others, even when she herself is suffering beyond tears at times. We met in high school and though we weren’t friends then, thanks to Facebook, we are now.

Jenn sometimes passes the time by making rubber band friendship bracelets. I received the above one yesterday, with a nice card and cute stickers (I’m guessing those were for Baby Girl for me to use in her book that I’m writing to her?) and it totally made my day! I shall always treasure it Jenn, and think of you and your beautiful soul when I look at it!

I post random pics of mine to Jenn sometimes to try to make her smile, because she likes my photography. I know it’s not going to fix things, but if I can make her smile, that makes me smile. Jenn is expecting twin grandbabies this summer, which is such hope and motivation for her to keep on keeping on, and she has invited me to CT for the baby shower, so that we can visit and I can take photos of such a memorable occasion.

Here’s to friendships, near and far:

“There are good ships and wood ships,  and ships that sail the sea,

but the best ships are friend ships, and may they always be!” old Scottish salute to friendship


Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily

Nature PhoChal Day 7: Earth Day and Calla Lilies

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“Calla Lily Sproutling”

Happy Earth Day to you all! I hope that you are all going to get out and do some “earthy” stuff today! I am so excited beyond words this morning, to wake up and see the glorious sight above: my Calla lilies sprouted overnight, after just nine short days! I am such a proud flower mama right now! I think these lilies could not have picked a better day to make their entrance into this world!

So begins my journey with my Calla lily (which coincidently, is not actually a lily) and I can safely say that now that they have successfully started to grow. I am excited for future photo ops and the great thing is, I’ve been researching what to do to keep the lilies going year after year!

Posted in Adventures of Toddlerhood, Vegan Blog

Nature PhoChal Day 6: Nature or Nurture

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“Super Heroes to the Smoothie Rescue!”

This is a cup. This is a sippy cup, with a straw, to be precise! “How is this Nature, Jenn?” you ask., “It’s a cup, I see no nature in that plastic cup”, you observe.

So how can this plastic cup be Nature? It’s not a matter of the cup itself being nature, as it is the REASON why I got the cup. As you know by now, Baby Girl and I have been vegan for almost four months now. I always worry about her getting enough fruits and veggies, since she is a clever little one and picks them out of her food sometimes. As a mom, I need to be even more clever to sneak nutrition into my unsuspecting toddler.

Smoothies are an ideal way to make a quick, nutritious and delicious treat that is packed with vitamins. I have been trying to get Baby Girl to drink smoothies for a few months now, and though she sips off of mine and makes a mess, it became frustrating for the both of us. The cups she has have tiny holes, not meant for thick liquids like a smoothie and I have been racking my head as to how to solve this problem.

Yesterday, it hit me: DING DING! Why not get a sippy cup that has a straw in it? When Baby Girl woke from her nap, we headed right out to our local Kinney’s to see what they had to offer. We found this handy Playtex cup, for $5.99 and took it home straight away to try it out.

This cup has a straw in it, that disconnects under the cap to make it easy to clean. The opening had a valve, to make it spill proof (and would have made the smoothie impossible to pass through) so I had to modify it a bit. I bent the valve up (it had like plastic “teeth” that came together to make the valve) and clipped the plastic, making a hole for the smoothie. I made a chocolate banana smoothie for us to test drive the cuppy and: SUCCESS! No mess, and Baby Girl drank that smoothie right up.

This cup gives Baby Girl the freedom to drink her smoothies at will, without the mess, and it gives me a piece of mind that she is getting some nutrition that she needs. This cup is my new super hero! How is this cup nature? This cup is nature, because it help me nurture Baby Girl with nutritious, natural smoothies.

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Photography, Plant Life

Nature Photo Challenge Day 5:

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“My Little Apprentice Gardener”

What would nature be, without teaching our little ones about it? Nature is all around us, and it is so therapeutic for adults and kids alike.

With that being said, allow me to introduce my youngest little nature lover, Aurora, a.k.a. “Baby Girl”, pictured here with my Kordana rosebush. I had taken it down a few days ago to make room to shoot my Jade, and turned around, and there was Aurora admiring it. Luckily, she didn’t tear the stems out like the last time she was near the roses. I should like to think, that Aurora is learning to be a bit more gentle to our plants. Aurora likes to help me when I water and dust the plants, and she helps me hug and love the plants while we do so. I’m hoping to instill a love of plants in Aurora, so that she too, may enjoy plants, as much as I do. I am regretful that I am only getting into having plants within the last year, being that I never had anyone get me interested in them. At least Aurora will be exposed to the joy of plants from such an early age.

Here it is, my photo challenge for today. Yes, I know, I need to get out and get some new pics with my camera of some outside nature. In the meantime, we shall be enjoying the nature that we have to admire in our own living room!

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Nature Photo Challenge Day 3:

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My First Outdoor Flower Photo of 2016

I have finally gotten my first flower shots of 2016 (in my neighbor’s garden) and I couldn’t be happier about it! It has begun, the tidal flooding of nature pics across my social media accounts! For four long months, I have had in my possession, a very gently, if ever, “used” Nikon d40. I have been anxious to get out and all winter long, for beautiful shots like this. I’m just getting warmed up. I still have yet to learn the camera in outdoor settings, which are quite different than shooting indoors like I’m used to with it. I’m also still learning lighting, which can be a very tricky thing when it comes to photography.

So, this Nature Photo Challenge Day 3, is dedicated to my photography teacher and mentor, who sent me aforementioned d40. Thank you very much Korey Rowe! You are not only a mentor to me, you are an inspiration and I promise you, your camera will never be lonely with me! I look forward to all of the lovely photo ops that Mother Nature has to offer this year! 🙂